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Jakarta Post

House tells govt to persuade Amsterdam to curb RMS

  • Erwida Maulia and Lilian Budianto

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, October 14 2010   /  10:44 am

The House of Representatives’ commission on foreign affairs has asked the government to establish “serious diplomacy” with the Netherlands and persuade the country not to let Indonesian rebel movements grow there.The commission made the request Wednesday during a closed-door meeting with Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa and State Intelligence Agency chief Sutanto. The legislators were seeking an explanation regarding President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s recent decision to cancel a visit to the Netherlands while his entourage was already on board his plane, shortly after he received news that a Dutch district court was to hold a trial session on the same day of his planned arrival in the Netherlands.The trial was a response to a lawsuit filed by activists of the Republic of South Maluku (RMS) separist movement residing in the Netherlands, that demanded the Dutch government lift t...